All tonight’s music is true to the values of a happy, wealthy man who values control and contentment
The music is a low, echoing shiver, the words about desperate individuals piercingly clear, the light blue
Cliff’s high-voltage charisma is undimmed at 67
'Man, I’m supposed to have been rotting in the ground for a year'
George The Poet shows how difficult Tempest’s trick is
Mercury-nominated artist channels Edith Piaf but will never succeed in being quite so strange
Even in jazz, sometimes the simplest pleasures are best
Drummers are finally beginning to shake their tag as 'clueless thumpers'
The enduring potency of Marr’s music elevates him and us
In their defence, there would be almost universal interest in this quintet touring one last time and a line-up with Phil Collins centre-stage would attract millions of fans
The Mercury Prize mostly acts as the slightly hip wing of the music industry's hype machine. It can, though, give a legitimate leg-up to a band such as Polar Bear, whose new album In Each And Every One has earned their second nomination, and whose questing post-jazz is a long-shot for mainstream acclaim.
‘He can get a tune out of anything,’ said Bobby Gillespie
Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset
Stripped of Grizzly Bear’s layers, Rossen has singer-songwriting strength
The Mercury winner has written a paean to his home town – musicians love to do it
Royal Albert Hall, London